Connecting experts in biological and meteorological sciences to advance knowledge of pest management for restoration in a changing climate

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Stephen Young

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There has been considerable progress in elucidating the physical aspects of climate change that directly impact restoration of ecological systems. However, these impact assessments rarely account for climate induced changes associated with biological pests. The lack of collaboration between the pest (insects, weeds, diseases) management and climate science disciplines could be contributing to the problem. Therefore, we assessed research-based relationships, identifying possible barriers to and gaps in successful collaboration. We developed an algorithm capable of identifying author affiliation and associated disciplines. We found that pest management and climate scientists most often authored papers in their respective disciplines (>90%), but rarely in the opposing disciplines (<1%). Atopica, an international research group, is one of the few examples of how interdisciplinary collaborations have led to the co-production of knowledge to better understand and manage a pest, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), responding to climate change. Researcher-to-researcher relationships, such as Atopica, are an often overlooked area of science and key to better addressing major challenges, such as climate change, in restoration ecology.

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